58th BSF Raising Day:
India celebrates the 58th BSF Raising Day (1st December) in 2022. This is for the first time that the Raising Day Parade of India’s first line of defense is being held in Punjab and the second time outside the national capital. The 58th Raising Day Parade of the Border Security Force (BSF) will be held on December 4 on Guru Nanak Dev University campus.
BSF Raising Day – History and Significance
- Formed in 1965, the primary role of the BSF lies in securing the borders of India shared with Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Border Security Force (BSF) comprises Indian armed personnel dedicated to protecting the sovereignty and integrity along the Indo-Bangladesh and the Indo-Pakistan borders.
- From BSF Raising Day, personnel roll across Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, securing the LoC (Indo-Pakistan border) from rogue elements trying to infiltrate along the western borders.
- They operate in West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram, and Tripura along the Indo-Bangladesh border. The jurisdictions of BSF empower them to act within 50-km of the international border in these states.
- BSF has an anti-Naxal HQ in Bangalore. It provides oversight to the various battalions dedicated to fighting Naxalites in the red corridor region. The BSF has played an exemplary role in counter-Naxalite and counter-insurgency operations over the last 4-decades. It also tackled counter-insurgency in the Seven Sisters states and played a vital role in eliminating anti-national elements across India.
- Since its raising, the contribution of BSF to national security has a rich legacy as the brave recipient of the Mahavir Chakra.
- During the insurgency in 1990 over Jammu and Kashmir, BSF played a crucial role in limiting it from spreading to the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- BSF Director General: Pankaj Kumar Singh;
- BSF Headquarters: New Delhi.